Corfu, the wooded isle of the Phaeacians, Odysseus’ last stop on his long journey home to Ithaca, is the best known of the Ionian islands. It owes its sophistication and charm to the meshing of the different civilizations that have occupied the island and to the natural beauty with which it is so abundantly endowed. On this cosmopolitan island, you’ll be able to combine relaxation with good times and a full nightlife, and at the same time enjoy the diversity of Corfu’s spectacular natural scenery and its countless picturesque little villages.
The capital of the island is also called Corfu (Kerkyra). It is the largest town of the Ionian islands and one of the most beautiful towns in Greece and perhaps in the world. It is built on a promontory that projects into the sea and is separated into a northern and a southern section. East of the northern part lies the Old Fortress, cut off from the town by a moat.
The town of Corfu is made up of completely dissimilar elements, left over from different civilizations. It presents an enchanting picture with its broad streets and spacious squares, the popular Spianada contrasting with its narrow back alleys paved with blocks of stone (known as “Kantounia”), the famous Liston, a French arcade, traditional Georgian mansions, a Byzantine church, Venetian monuments, balconies with wrought-iron railings and window grilles.
Out of Corfu Town, 600 square kilometres of countryside awaits exploration. Here you will encounter natural beauty characterised by lush vegetation, pristine beaches, traditional villages and unpretentious people, as well as tourist resorts with luxury hotels, restaurants, little tavernas and bars suitable for every occasion. . Despite the fact that tourism is flagrant in the coastal areas, it hasn’t spoiled yet the many mountainous villages of the island that have managed to keep their authenticity and their local colours. Wander around this countryside, and lose yourself on the roads and tracks which lead to Corfu’s past, as well as to its future.